The Dying Earth
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    The Dying Earth | Jack Vance

    The Dying Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jack Vance
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    The stories in The Dying Earth introduce dozens of seekers of wisom and beauty, lovely lost women, wizards of every shade of eccentricity with their runic amulets and spells. We meet the melancholy deodands, who feed on human flesh and the twk-men, who ride dragonflies and trade information for salt. There are monsters and demons. Each being is morally ambiguous: The evil are charming, the good are dangerous. All are at home.

    A Decadent and Hopeful Dying Earth

    The jaunty and amoral Liane the Wayfarer has no idea that he's in way over his head (even including the long red feather blinking and winking in his g..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 27 2010 by Jefferson (Jonan-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Japan)
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    The Eyes of the Overworld | Jack Vance

    The Eyes of the Overworld

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jack Vance
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    The Eyes of the Overworld is the first of Vance’s picaresque novels about the scoundrel Cugel. Here he is sent by a magician he has wronged to a distant unknown country to retrieve magical lenses that reveal the Overworld. Conniving to steal the lenses, he escapes and, goaded by a homesick monster magically attached to his liver, starts to find his way home to Almery. The journey takes him across trackless mountains, wastelands, and seas.

    Literary equivalent of a Terry Gilliam film

    I've heard mention of Jack Vance and his Dying Earth books more than a few times in fantasy circles, but this is the first work of his that I've read...Show More »

    Reviewed on October 16 2011 by Ryan (Somerville, MA, United States)
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    Cugel's Saga: Tales of the Dying Earth, Book 3 | Jack Vance

    Cugel's Saga: Tales of the Dying Earth, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jack Vance
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    Though Vance puts himself in tradition of popular fantasy writers, one might assume that he had also grown up with Ovid and Herodotus, Homer’s Odyssey, Don Quixote, and Candide. The Cugel tales lack some of the scope and pathos of the great adventure yarns, but, in the 21st century, they may be as close as one gets to the celebration of epic human perseverance.

    Witty, refreshingly different

    Like its companion novel, Eyes of the Overworld, Cugel's Saga is an odd duck of a book, nominally fantasy, but different from most popular fantasy in ..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 30 2011 by Ryan (Somerville, MA, United States)
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    Rhialto the Marvellous | Jack Vance

    Rhialto the Marvellous

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jack Vance
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    In the interlocking Tales of the Dying Earth Vance explores the world at the end of time when sun is guttering. Light itself is different and Vance’s landscapes —described in language that is lyrical, seductive, and partly self-invented —are wild and surreal, full of opportunity and danger. On the Dying Earth, the rules of physics as we know them have been amended and replaced by magic. The laws of evolution have spun out creatures that are humanoid, hybrid, and often terrifying.

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